Sunday, December 28, 2008

My, How the Time Flies

It has been a while since I last posted but I think the reason for that is probably fairly obvious. We had a wonderful holiday season. My Mom came for a couple of weeks to help out and Dad joined us all for Christmas. He always brings some gadget or toy and this time, he brought a remote control bee that he flew around while Abby tried to catch it with her hands or pretended to shoot it down with her pop gun. It was really funny.

Paul and I still can't agree on when to open presents. My family always opened them Christmas Eve (except for the one from Santa, of course, which we got with our filled stockings the next morning) and Paul's family always opened all of theirs on Christmas morning. We compromised and we opened one gift on Christmas Eve and the rest the next morning... I'm still not sure I'm completely satisfied with the arrangement... 'till next year! We let Abby and Lily open the package that had their matching jammies in it. Abby was so excited to match her little sister.

The kids had so many gifts under the tree there was barely room in our tiny house for them. Abby spent all of Christmas day playing with Play Dough and leaving all the rest of the toys for later. Also, this was the first year she looked visibly disappointed when she got clothing... she's growing up!

The twins are now 2 months old and are doing better at night... or Paul and I are. We sort of take turns with them so we can get a little more sleep. They are at least mostly tired during the night now. Liam can sleep for longer than Lily at night. I think that is due to the fact that he is heavier than her. Last week, Liam weighed in at 10lbs 3oz and Lily at 8lbs 15oz. So Liam is a pound and a quarter heavier, but Lily is actually a bit taller than him. Oh, and by the way, Paul was right about their birth weights. When we got their birth certificates, they were both recorded as weighing 5lbs 8oz. And if you're interested, I have now lost about 70lbs total. Not bad for 2 months, eh?

Now, we're on our own and I think we can handle it. We have had so much help, we honestly don't know how we could have coped without it but I think we're ready to do it all on our own. No doubt, our house will not be as tidy and the laundry done as quickly, but we can do it. I remember last year at about this time, Paul and I decided we would do whatever it took to have another baby this year... wow, what a difference a year makes! We are so blessed to have such happy, healthy children and we look forward to what this New Year brings.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Family Portraits

Yeah, well, the whole picture thing is pretty funny. This first one is, by far, the best as it is taken from so far away and has the temple in it. I have many, wonderful, talented friends who take the most beautiful photos. I just cannot seem to get a good photo of everyone together... whether it is one of us taking the photo, or someone else. It is hard to find a time when both babies are awake and happy. Also, Abby has been on a "I'm going to only take photos with different silly faces and poses" phase. Some of these are Paul's dad's photos and he's a good photog, so I don't feel so bad. Here are some of our attempts:
Aren't you loving the peace sign sweats?
Here is "Ringo, the friendly dragon"
This is definitely a future family classic.


I cannot believe how slow the days go (especially at night) and how quickly the weeks pass. Paul's Mum and Dad left Thursday and we've been going at it on our own. There are a few things we've done that have made our lives easier. I just couldn't keep up with the breastfeeding demands of 2 children while trying to keep my relative sanity so I have cut back to breastfeeding one and formula feeding the other (so others can help out and cut the time). I switch off which baby gets what every other feeding.

Last Sunday (so, I'm a week late with the post), the babies had their blessings at church. It was such a wonderful, spiritual experience. It re-confirmed how much Heavenly Father loves us and how he really does know each of us personally; how he knows my little patient Lily and brave little Liam. Of course, getting cute photos of the both of them is nearly impossible. My favourite is the one where Lily has spat up all over her beautiful dress. FYI: Liam had actually peed all over his somehow so he wasn't a happy camper either. Ah, someday we will have decent photos of them both.